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Lambert relieved after Villa triumph

Created on 15 Sept., 2012 9:36 PM GMT

Villains manager, Paul Lambert had reasons to smile on Saturday at Villa Park. A first-half strike from Matthew Lowton put the home side ahead, and Christian Benteke made sure of all three points with two minutes left to play.

Lambert said he was delighted with the effort of his side, and said the three points had been well deserved.

"I thought they were excellent, right from the off. We thoroughly deserved it, against a really good side which has been flying. I thought we were well worthy of it," he said.

"The tempo and the way we played was excellent. I have nothing but praise for the lads. We have a lot of tired legs because we had a lot of lads on international duty. It was a big, big effort.

"The relief at getting the first league win is massive. I can't fault the lads for what they have given me in the short term I have been here. Given time, hopefully we can do okay."

The Scot reserved special praise for goalscorers, 23-year-old Lowton and 21-year-old Belgium international Benteke.

"I thought Christian was unplayable. He was an absolute threat. The great thing is he's only 21, only a kid and still learning," Lambert said.

"He has a really good game for the national team against Croatia in midweek and, if you're holding your own in that company, you're doing alright.

"Everything is a culture shock for him at the minute but he was excellent.

"The goal will give him confidence. The crowd will go with him. You heard the crowd's reaction when he came on."

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, felt the margin between the two sides was not as great as the scoreline indicated.

"At this level, the small details tipped the balance from positive to negative," he told Sky Sports.

"We started quite well and we had a couple of big chances. One in particular from Nathan (Dyer) from the edge of the box, but it was a great save.

"And five minutes later they ended up scoring one of the goals of the day, so that's it. Maybe I think in the first half we gave the ball away a little bit too easily, but when we played fast we created some chances.

"For the last 20 minutes we had to risk a little more with four or five very offensive players on the field and obviously that gave some space behind and in the last couple of minutes they scored again.

"That's the small differences, that's what I have got to say."